Searching For The Way Home
The Other Blue Sky by Shari J Ryan is a heart wrenching tale of love and family, and overcoming evil. It is set in present day America and 1954 moving forwards to the present. The book follows on from Last Words but can be read as a stand-alone. I would recommend reading Last Words first so you can join all the dots.
The novel is about the search for roots. We all want to know where we come from. Without this anchor our lives may flounder as we feel like something is missing.
Secrets have been kept down the years. Secrets are locked away in hearts to protect loved ones. Secrets become heavy burdens that need to be shared or we will break.
A mother’s love runs throughout. It is a love that protects and nurtures. It is a love that is unbreakable. It is a love that holds on and a love that is needed when a heart is breaking.
The family at the centre of the novel have members who survived the Holocaust. At that time of great evil choices had to be made. “It is life’s path as well as our choices that dictate who we are.” Some very brave choices were made to protect the innocent, with no thought to one’s own safety.
The past and present collide on a visit to Terezin looking for answers. There are some hard to read scenes as even the dirt seems to cry out.
Shari J Ryan has written such a powerful tale of love and survival. Her characters leapt from the pages straight to my heart. Shari J Ryan has the ability to deeply affect my emotions with her words. The Other Blue Sky is a work of great beauty, of great pain and of great love. It is a book that needs to be read in memory of the six million innocents.
I will leave you with what I found to be a very powerful quote:
“Because of you, there is good that came out of all the evil.”